On March 1, I wrote an overview of solar energy breakthroughs called, Revolutionary design can double efficiency of a new kind of solar photovoltaic, where I was snarked by our most notorious alternative energy troll, Meteor Blades, who asked
"Yeah, but...what about when the sun isn't shining?/snark." Well, now, we have a comeback response, in Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight.
The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics system is 35% more efficient than traditional dual-axis photovoltaic designs, and the fully rotational, weatherproof sphere is even capable of harvesting electricity from moonlight.
The ß.torics system was invented by Barcelona-based German Architect André Broessel. He sought to create a solar system that could be embedded in the walls of buildings so that they may act as both windows and energy generators. But the project isn’t only noteworthy for its solar efficiency capabilities - the ß.torics system is designed to generate lunar energy too!
The spheres are able to concentrate diffused moonlight into a steady source of energy. The futuristic ß.torics system is catching a lot of attention for its clean and beautiful design. (Despite solar power’s huge potential, we haven’t seen too many beautiful solar power technologies). We’re excited to see how architects will incorporate these energy generating orbs into alternative energy agendas and future building designs!
So, the news that "brightens" my day, is that now MB is going to have to find a new hobby to replace "hounding" those of use promoting solar and alternative energy generation. (snark alert for new users - MB is our strongest renewable energy proponent. Ahhh, humor would be so much easier if we didn't have to footnote our jokes. But, 8 years ago, one of my snarky, "George Bush does Chimp Imitations to Amuse Delegates" spoofs was picked up by a remote Chinese newspaper and run as serious news - which you have to admit, that was pretty darn funny!) (Oh, this globe is for real, the only snarky part is about MB being a troll. He's actually improved his reputation a great deal lately to the point many believe him to be just as respectable as Bob Johnson, if not more so. (/double snark alert!))
But, I feel I should alert our million or so new users not to be surprised if Bob Johnson, or Meteor Blades shows up to now to ask "But, what about where the sun don't shine." Don't become alarmed, if this happens. Give me another week and I'm sure I'll solve this challenge, as well.
Seriously, MB, WTH? (LOL: Perhaps, my finest moment. Bwa, ha, ha, ha.)
To Meteor Blades, from Hounddog and everyone at Daily Kos, with much love and appreciation for one of our most prolific, committed, and smartest Kossacks. I can't even begin to tell you how much I've learned from you over the last decade, and how honored I was that you would snark and rec, one of my posts. I've framed it. And, as encouragement to others, I should mention it only took me 800 tries.
When Sara R asked us for quotes for your community quilt I was taken back by how challenging it was to sum up my well wishes in one sentence. Please add this post to your Community Quilt from Sara R, as a footnote. I hope you are recovering well. I know you've already recovered, but I invite anyone else who would like to wish MB well to consider this to be an open thread for MB appreciation.
Keep on truckin,' my friend.
5:10 PM PT: Thanks Little
I was honestly just yesterday thinking there (3+ / 0-)
needs to be some special way to thank MB for everything - just everything. Just yesterday!
Here, have some pandas.
by Little on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 03:27:55 PM PST
But, I had to respond
Thanks Little. But, I'm reminded of that famous and classic episode of The Beverly Hillbillies where Jed comes down to where Jethro is supposed to be chopping wood, and says, "Well, I see a lot of chopping but don't see no chips flying!"
I had expected by this time we'd have dozens of "testimonial" type comments like "I remember when I was but a lad with no shoes in the snow and MB came by and give me his own, even though they weren't as big as Bob Johnson's.
Or, Markos would drop by and say, "Yes, MB, I've been so impressed with your progress, I've taken up a collection around the office, so we could increase your pay to minimum wage."
I don't know Little maybe a lot of people are sort of shy about this kind of thing. Perhaps, I could enlist your aid to start things off.
Perhaps, you could say, "Yes, I remember reading one of those Night Fowl articles, or whatever they are called. I can't remember what it was about, but was impressed with how many words seemed correctly spelled, and the artistic use of those little colored boxes."
You know something that might be heart warming and cheer up a fellow who has worked here for over 10 years, writing thousands of articles, and hasn't even received a gold watch yet. I was planning on printing this post and comments out and framing it for his birthday. So don't give me pandas, please offer to give some to MB. But, thanks, I do appreciate the gesture.
6:02 PM PT: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KOVIE!!!!
7:39 PM PT: I want to clarify one thing. The most important thing about this particular product is not that it will generate significant power at night, but any power at all.
My purpose in posting it was to have fun with MB after he made a snarky and funny comment in my earlier post about a really significant breakthrough, that "Yeah, but what about when the sun isn't shining,/snark." Since this was a rare event for me and pretty funny, the purpose of this post was to pick up this joke and have some fun with it and MB, and the readers who read the posts, not shake up the world of energy generation.
So I guess I should have posted this under "Hydrant," "Now for Something Completely Different", or "The Journal For Non-Factual Studies, and not "Kosowatt." Since I founded all four, I sometimes get a little sloppy, sorry.
My main purpose was to celebrate a lifetime achievement appreciation for Meter Blades, after I had trouble choosing just one sentence for Sara R's Community Quilt for MB, with this rare opportunity, that I found a cool looking technology to back up a counter-snark. I thought that was clear because that's what I said in the first two sentences, and last five paragraphs, and labeled five different sentences with (snark alert!) labels as well as a tag.
Seriously, Kossacks, WTH? If you all don't start reading my posts before commenting on them I'm going to have to put the entire community on my "Snark-Troll Watch List!"